Naco, Ariz. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers stopped a drug-smuggling attempt when they seized 65 pounds of marijuana concealed in the rear bumper of a vehicle.
On January 29 at 11 a.m. CBP officers were screening travelers when they became suspicious of a 1999 Chevy Lumina being driven by a 23-year-old woman from Naco, Ariz. Using high-tech tools, CBP officers searched the woman's vehicle and discovered that the rear bumper of the Lumina was loaded with packages of marijuana. The total weight of marijuana was 65 pounds with an estimated street value of $147,000.
CBP officers seized the vehicle and the marijuana. The woman was turned over to the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement for further investigation.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.